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Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 1, 2009
The result is pretty much a free-form traffic jam in which everyone fights everyone else.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
It's a collection of some of the most interesting figures throughout history and some of the most talented performers we have working today.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
This is a family comedy that will entertain the kids and amuse the grown-ups. It's also a rare Hollywood sequel that's better than the original.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 22, 2009
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, is breezier than the first Museum, at least to me, which means in three years I'll be revising my opinion downward.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
May 22, 2009
Azaria pretty much steals the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 22, 2009
Marvel at the movie's cheerful idiocy, which seems definitive -- even though the summer season has just begun -- and at the efficiency with which the filmmakers have dumbed down a dumb premise of proven success.
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Belinda Luscombe
TIME Magazine
May 22, 2009
In bringing history, literally, to life, and having as much fun with it as it is computer-graphically possible to have, director Shawn Levy and Reno 911 writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon at least make [Museum] worth noticing.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 22, 2009
Battle of the Smithsonian is far from art, but there's plenty of art in it, and for parents seeking a reasonable afternoon's entertainment for the kids, that's recommendation enough.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 22, 2009
Adults who see this movie unaccompanied by a child should sign up pronto for therapy with Gabriel Byrne on In Treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 22, 2009
Adults have the choice of either admiring the scenery or taking a nap. There's not much else worth doing. Certainly, paying attention to the story is an exercise in futility, but you're welcome to try...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 22, 2009
A super-size rehash of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 22, 2009
Pleasant, innocuous and intermittently thrilling family entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 22, 2009
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian seems to go on for several days and nights, though in fact it lasts just 105 minutes. I checked my watch. A lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 22, 2009
The sequel to the big family hit Night at the Museum struggles with a big creative challenge. The sense of wonderment you feel in seeing museum displays magically come to life is not as strong the second time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 22, 2009
The film offers enough ingenious touches and playful humor that the less-inspired elements hit with a screech.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
May 22, 2009
Once these creatures do come to life for a second outing, the promise soon evaporates and the clever comedy, built largely on crisscrossing anachronisms and various sly cultural references, is not enough to sustain a romp that is all rather predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 22, 2009
Battle of the Smithsonian is packed with odd characters, eccentric arguments and ornate special effects, and while it's never transcendently funny enough to be seriously impressive, it is chock full of family-friendly giggles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Derek Adams
Time Out
May 22, 2009
This is a funnier and more coherent slice of kids' entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 21, 2009
Whatever its flaws may be, it at least refuses to be a stiff, lifeless relic.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2009
It's not so much a movie as a series of running antiquity gags, good for a comedy club, not so much for the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 21, 2009
[Levy is] successful enough, in fact, that kids may well pass on their next chance to see a movie -- just so they can visit a real museum, instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 21, 2009
It's bigger, noisier, shinier, and dumber, and it has no earthly reason to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 21, 2009
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a more enriching experience, and it features Joan Of Arc as an aerobics instructor.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 21, 2009
Even Ben Stiller looks bored out of his mind.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 21, 2009
It's not a bad movie. Just an unnecessary one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 21, 2009
When this excessive and silly farce works -- roughly half the time -- it's thanks to the comic dynamic created by funny folk who can go riff-to-riff with Stiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 21, 2009
The cheeky attitude and charming effects make it more entertaining than the original, notwithstanding some clumsy humans who almost break the spell.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 21, 2009
What follows is less a story than a series of semi-clever ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 21, 2009
Bloated with visual effects.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2009
Watching historical figures enact the cliches identified with the most simplistic versions of their images, I found myself yet once again echoing the frequent cry of Gene Siskel: Why not just give us a documentary of the same actors having lunch?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 20, 2009
Spritely scenarios are drowned out by the manic mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 20, 2009
So many new characters have been added to the ones who appeared in the original film, and director Shawn Levy flits between them at such a zippy pace, no one gets much of a chance to register. And that's a huge waste of the comic talents amassed [here].
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May 20, 2009
Bigger, longer, and even more chaotically crowded (more stars! more f/x!) than its predecessor, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian proves that adding another ring doesn't make for a better circus.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2009
This time around there's a little more life on display.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 20, 2009
This is what you call a wholesome kiddie movie on drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 19, 2009
Though it's a little slow to start and some of the humor clunks, the film features a wholesome charm, some truly dazzling effects (the Lincoln Memorial alone is worth it), and enough mild, parent-nip in-jokes to keep all but the stone-hearted happy.